VWRRC Statewide Advisory Board

The Advisory Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Executive Director of the Water Center. Representatives of the Advisory Board are appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly, and include balanced representation from industries; federal, state, and local agencies; water user groups; and concerned citizens. The Advisory Board recommends policy guidelines for implementing the functions of the Water Center and evaluates programs of the Water Center.


Below is a list of current members of the VWRRC Statewide Advisory Board.

  • Russell Baxter – Deputy Director, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Mark R. Bennett – Director, U.S. Geological Survey/Virginia Water Science Center
  • David Bulova – Member, House of Delegates
  • Pat Calvert – Senior Policy and Campaigns Manager, Virginia Conservation Network
  • Kendall Tyree Covington  – Executive Director, Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • Hope F. Cupit  – President & CEO, Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project
  • Melanie Davenport – Director, Water Permitting Division, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Lazaro Gonzalez – Director of EHS and Facilities Operations, Micron Technology
  • Troy Hartley  – Director, Virginia Sea Grant
  • Carl Hershner – Director, Center for Coastal Resources Management, Virginia Institute of Marine Science 
  • Whitney Katchmark – Principal Water Resources Engineer, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
  • Wayne Kirkpatrick – Co-owner and Vice-president, K-P Hill Dairy
  • Joseph Maroon – Executive Director, Virginia Environmental Endowment
  • Edwin Martinez-Martinez – Virginia State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Chris J. McDonald – Director of Government Relations, Virginia Association of Counties
  • Brian Richter – President, Sustainable Waters
  • Raina A. Rosado – Project Manager/Road Design Team Leader, Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Stephen Silberstein – Retired: Director of Facilities Semiconductor Industry
  • Mitchell Smiley – Policy Manager for Transportation and Natural Resources, Virginia Municipal League
  • Ginny Snead – Associate, A. Morton Thomas and Associates

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